Vehicle engulfed in flames on I-49

Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Deputies, Natchitoches Parish Fire Protection District #5 and Natchitoches Regional Medical Center EMS responded to NATCOM 911 Center reports of a vehicle fire on April 1 around 2:52 pm on I-49 southbound near milepost #132 south of Natchitoches according to the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office.
Units arrived on scene finding the vehicle fully engulfed in flames. Deputies say a 2021 Ford F-150 pulling a trailer loaded with solar panels and components was a total loss. Fire District #5 firefighters were able to save the trailer.
The operator of the vehicle from Alexandria was treated at the scene by EMS for smoke inhalation and released without transport pending a visit with a personal medical provider if needed. The interstate had to be closed for a brief period of time while firefighters fought the blaze that extended out into the grassy median near the tree line.
At this time the cause of the fire is unknown.